NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Edmonton
(Friday, October 21st)
Final Score: Colorado 7, Edmonton 1
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - John-Michael Liles and Milan Hejduk each scored twice and added an assist to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 7-1 thumping of the slumping Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place.
Pierre Turgeon tallied the 497th goal of his career and dished out a pair of assists for Colorado, which ended a three-game slide. A total of 13 Avs recorded at least one point in this game, which was the largest margin of victory for the club this season.
"It's the best we've played all year," said Colorado head coach Joel Quenneville. "We've had trouble holding the lead lately and it's finally nice to see that they as the team was never satisfied."
David Aebischer made 21 saves for the Avs, who began a two-game road trip in successful fashion.
Ethan Moreau had the lone goal for the Oilers, who have dropped six straight games (0-5-1) after winning the first three contests of the season.
The Avalanche began the scoring early and continued it often. Just 4:53 into the contest, Turgeon began the onslaught with a power-play goal. Patrice Brisebois' shot from the point trickled through starting netminder Jussi Markkanen and slowly moved towards the goal line. However, before an Oiler defenseman could knock the puck out of the crease, Turgeon touched it home for a 1-0 lead.
Liles then made it 2-0 just under five minutes later as he deflected a pass from Turgeon by Markkanen. Breaking into the offensive zone, Ian Laperriere sent a pass from the right side to Turgeon on the left. Turgeon then one-timed a pass to the slot, where Liles got a stick on it for his third goal of the season.
Liles then recorded his fourth goal of the campaign with 5:51 remaining until the first intermission. His shot from the point went past Markkanen for the three-goal advantage.
Markkanen was then lifted in favor of Ty Conklin, finishing his first-period brief stint with just 10 saves. He would later re-enter the game after Conklin would also get lit up.
In the second period, Hejduk, who recorded an assist on Liles' second goal of the game, got into the scoring column for the first time this season, beating Conklin with just 1:02 elapsed.
Steve Konowalchuk added to the lead 9:20 later, scoring Colorado's fourth straight even-strength goal.
With 4:03 left until the third, Hejduk extended the cushion to 6-0 with a power-play tally. Brisebois then capped the period's scoring with a power-play goal of his own. Turgeon was given an assist on the goal.
In the third period, Moreau helped the Oilers avoid their second shutout of the season by scoring a power-play goal with 10:49 remaining.
"It's pretty bad as we go on the road," said Moreau. "We're a pretty tight bunch in here and we're not going to blame anyone. Every team goes through it once or twice a year, when you go into a spiral and everything goes wrong. Six in a row is tough to take, but everyone in this room cares and we'll turn it around."
Conklin left the game after the second period and Markkanen returned, stopping the five shots he faced in the final 20 minutes.
Conklin ended with 10 saves...Edmonton went 1-for-6 on the power play...Colorado finished 3-for-8 with the man advantage...Avalanche winger Alex Tanguay had an assist to extend his point scoring streak to five games. He has seven assists and no goals over that period.
10/22 00:21:48 ET